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Pilots File Complaints About 'Blinding' Lights at 49ers' Levi's Stadium

A commercial airline pilot says she once saw something resembling a laser light show coming out of Levi's Stadium. Unable to look outside for more than moments at a time on that night in March, Christina Kurowicki said, "We were really worried about getting the aircraft on the ground safely." According to a report by NBC Bay Area, Kurowiki isn't the only pilot to have such...

Lawsuit: Plane Toilet Cleaner Poisons Consumer Drinking Water

Five American Airlines workers have accused the airline of using watercooler jugs to carry chemicals aboard planes to decontaminate lavatories -- and then returning the jugs to commercial circulation to be refilled with drinking water and redistributed. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the workers say the practice -- known as "top-filling" -- began in...

Air Canada and Amadeus Partner to Distribute the Airline’s Full Content

Air Canada and Amadeus today announced they have reached a new multi-year distribution agreement through which all Amadeus travel agency customers, both offline and online, will have access to all fares and seat availability. Air Canada will take advantage of Amadeus Fare Families and Amadeus Ancillary Services, providing travel agency customers with access to the airline&rsquo...

Kenya Airways Resumes West Africa Flights

Kenya Airways has resumed flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone after Kenyan health officials lifted a ban placed last year due to the Ebola virus. The carrier, one of the biggest in Africa, stopped flying to Monrovia and Freetown in August last year, losing routes worth tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue. It recorded large losses in its year ended March. In a letter clearing the fl...

Airbus Wants A320 Suppliers To Cut Prices

Airbus is pressing suppliers on its A320 aircraft to reduce prices by at least 10 percent by 2019 in order to make the company's main earner more competitive. The enhanced efficiency plans echo Boeing's cost-cutting Partner for Success initiative, which has redrawn the relationship between suppliers and the plane maker as the industry gears up for record output. Airbus's cuts are...

Zodiac Faces Court Action Over Delivery Delays

French aerospace supplier Zodiac has confirmed it faces court action and the possible loss of some business from American Airlines over delays in aircraft seat production, but said it was seeking a negotiated solution. The company said American Airlines had filed a petition in the District Court of Tarrant County in Texas asking judges to allow it to share a contract to buy business class seats...

Wizz Air secures financing for six Airbus A321ceos

Fast-growing Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air signed an agreement with China Development Bank’s CDB Leasing  to finance six Airbus A321ceos. The deal includes the carrier’s first two A321s scheduled for delivery later this year. “We’ve developed a strong relationship with CDB Leasing as they continue to support our growth, now financing the fi...

New partnership of Private Jet Services and Arise Air

Private Jet Services (PJS) has formed a new strategic partnership with Arise Air. Under the new agreement, all Arise Air employees will work from the PJS corporate headquarters in New Hampshire. Bryan Ellis, president of Arise Air, will act as the new director of Executive Aircraft Operations for PJS. In this role, Ellis will oversee all executive jet vendor relationships and sourcing f...

Ukraine bans Russian airlines in new twist to showdown with Moscow

The Ukrainian government said Friday that it will close its airports next month to Russia’s largest airlines, including the regional leader, Aeroflot, according to a published statement and government officials. If the closure is enforced, it would create considerable headaches for travelers in the region, and add new fuel to a military and political conflict between Moscow and...

Air Serbia kicks off public testing of new inflight internet and mobile services

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, today launches a seven-day public test phase of its new "Air Serbia Wi-Fly" inflight internet and mobile connectivity services, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Corporation. From 1 October 2015, the connectivity service will be gradually deployed across the airline's fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 passenger aircraft, with...

Air India Dreamliner Grounded for 9 Months, with 400 Parts Missing

Air India has kept an aircraft from its prized Dreamliner fleet grounded since January of this year. According to reports in The Times Of India, the Air India Dreamliner (VT-AND) has been "stripped of parts to keep the other Boeing 787s flying." The aircraft that costs around Rs 1,400 crore has been grounded as it has around 400 parts missing. There have been problems rel...

CDB Leasing, EIBC Sign Financing Agreement

CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. signed a financing framework agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (EIBC) at the 4th China Air Finance Development (DFTP) Summit in Tianjin on Thursday. The signing ceremony was attended by Huang Min, Vice President of CDB Leasing and General Manager of the Transport and Finance Department of EIBC, Li Zhongyuan. CDB Leasing is a leading financial leasing company c...

NetJets launches customer booking iPhone app

NetJets has launched a phone application that will allow its customers to book flights. The app, which is currently only available on the iPhone, also gives its customers the ability to check flight statuses and update personal flight preferences. “In the last year, we received about 20,000 bookings through our online customer portal” “We are constantly seeking new w...

Finnair extends Miami route to summer season, adds frequencies to Chicago for summer 2016

Starting from April 2016, Finnair will extend its Miami service to be year-round, and will operate to Miami with three weekly frequencies in summer 2016. “We are excited about extending our Miami route to cover the whole season,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “The Miami route has proven to be popular both for our Northern European customers as...

Norwegian announces plans for low-cost direct flights from Cork to Boston, New York and Barcelona

Norwegian, Europe’s third largest low-cost airline, has today announced plans to launch new direct low-cost transatlantic services from Cork to Boston and New York – the new routes will be the only transatlantic flights to operate from Cork Airport. A new Cork to Barcelona route will also be launched. The new routes will be operated under Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary Norwegian...

GE Capital Aviation Services and Frontier Airlines Sign Purchase-and-Leaseback Deal for Nine New Airbus A321 Aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Frontier Airlines for nine new Airbus A321 aircraft. Delivery of the first new aircraft is scheduled for October 2015 with the remaining new deliveries scheduled in 2015 and 2016. All nine aircraft are powered by CFM56-5B3 engines and a...

Lufthansa today launches the Frankfurt-Tampa route

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) today (September 25) launched its new nonstop service to Florida’s west coast. Lufthansa issued this statement: Flight LH 482 left Frankfurt (FRA) at 11:00 local time, and is due to land at Tampa International Airport (TPA) later today at 15:50 local time. The corresponding eastbound flight LH 483 will depart from Tampa at 17:20 local time, and is scheduled to t...

American Airlines to Serve Papal Flights

American Airlines (and previously TWA) has the honor for the seventh time of transporting Pope Francis from Washington D.C. to New York City, Philadelphia and back to Rome. Route of the positioning flight from Dallas / Fort Worth to Andrews Air Force Base today. (Image Credits: Flightaware) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops chartered the airliner to American Airline...

JFK’s Iconic TWA Flight Center to Become a Hotel

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the formal approval of a 75-year lease deal to transform the iconic TWA Flight Center located at John F. Kennedy Airport into a hotel complex, which will preserve the national historic landmark while providing additional lodging options and services for travelers. The project, approved yesterday by the Port Authority’s Board...

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 Gains Supermajority Support in Senate

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, announced recently that his Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2) (S.571) has surpassed 60 cosponsors in the Senate, giving the measure a filibuster-proof, three-fifths supermajority, and boosting hopes that the legislation will become law this year or next. “I appreciate the significant bipartisan support for...

Trans States Airlines’ pilots approve a three-year contract extension

Trans States Airlines is pleased to announce that its pilot group has passed a Tentative Agreement on a three year contract extension. The Trans States Airlines pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). The Tentative Agreement, which was unanimously recommended by the ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) for a rank and file vote, passed with 71% of voting pilo...